07 June 2009

When the Words Come Alive

The girlie is seriously on the verge of reading. I've known it for a while, but she's been resistant to sharing her progress, preferring that we read to her and only slipping up and revealing her ability on occasion.

One day last month, I was reading in bed - a grown-up book - and she was supposed to be falling asleep next to me. Instead, she was reading over my shoulder and showing me all of the words that she knows. She pointed to moment, and said "if you take the end part off, it spells mom". Oh, bestill my heart - that half of moment is mom slays me.

Yesterday, at the library book sale - where I got a box full of books for $25, a box that previously and amusingly once held a case of Ex Libris cabernet - she actually picked up a Dora book aand started reading it out loud. She stumbled quickly on words she couldn't figure out, but holy hell - she's reading.

18 comments:

kathy a. said...

yay! it's just like magic when that happens!

for my kids, it was about 15 years ago; but a few years ago, i was spending lots of time with my nephew when he reached that magic moment, too. be still my heart!

painted maypole said...

it's so awesome.

one of my best friends hid that she could read from her mother FOREVER because she was afraid her mother would stop reading to her.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Such a wonderful time.

Anjali said...

The ability to read is my absolute favorite milestone!

Ms. N said...

that is exciting! so happy for both of you.

MadMad said...

Yay! That is the BEST! I remember how exciting it was - and how great it always will continue to be. For you and her!

susan said...

That is totally the coolest thing! Complete magic.

Well, the downside is the utter boringness of some of the easy-reader books that will now ensure (apropos of your previous post). But still: magic!

slouchy said...

so much fun, isn't it?

Kelly said...

I. CANNOT. WAIT!

daysgoby said...

Hurray! Hurray!

Now that Cass is reading fluently and by himself (and gobbling up books, she said, rubbing her hands together with glee) I find I can't WAIT until Rosey is too!

mayberry said...

SO fun when this happens. I remember being surprised at how long it took. But then finally it took off. The difference from the end of K to the end of 1st grade, for my girl, has been HUGE (from Dora to the Boxcar Children).

niobe said...

Very cool. I remember teaching my little brother to read and being soooo proud of myself when he started to sound out words.

Ree said...

isn't it the most amazing thing? Congratulations to your new reader.

The LIbrary Lady said...

When she has that "Helen Keller" moment and figures out how to sound out those hard words, she'll be off and running EVERYTHING!

I never cease to marvel at seeing kids do that.

Woman in a Window said...

and the doors spring open!

Anonymous said...

It's magic... and I get to do it yearly with precious pre k kids. I know there is a whole big deal about teaching it and there are all these words that try to explain it, but IT'S MAGIC! just the way caterpillars somehow change to butterflies. It's magical and magic!

YourFireAnt said...

This is pretty damn wonderful. ;-)

T.

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